First Woman Sworn In as Deputy Commissioner of MDIF&W

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Butch Moore
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First Woman Sworn In as Deputy Commissioner of MDIF&W

First Woman Sworn In as Deputy Commissioner of MDIF&W

http://www.neoutdoorvoice.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=9614

AUGUSTA, Maine – Andrea Erskine of Sidney was sworn in as Deputy Commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the first woman to be appointed to that position in the department’s 130-year history.

MDIF&W Commissioner Chandler Woodcock administered the oath during a ceremony at the department’s Augusta headquarters.

“The department is most fortunate to have a person of Andrea’s abilities,” said Commissioner Woodcock. “She possesses a significant range of knowledge of the issues and the process. She will be a deputy commissioner who will impact our mission of preserving and protecting Maine’s fish and wildlife resources.”

Ms. Erskine thanked her mother and father, Connie and the late Perley King, her husband, Eric, and her two sons, Michael and Ben for their love and support.

“I do feel incredibly honored to be the deputy commissioner of an agency I love,” Erskine told family, friends and co-workers who assembled to witness this historic event. “Who knew the little girl from East Madison who fished with a homemade bamboo poll for hornpout some 40 years ago would end up here.”

Ms. Erskine has worked at MDIF&W for more than 25 years. For more than 20 years, she served as assistant to the commissioner, playing a key role in the administration by providing input on policies and procedures, serving as regulations officer and legislative liaison, attending public hearings and work sessions, and working closely with the staff at the Office of the Governor. Prior to this post, she was licensing department supervisor.

Ms. Erskine is a hospice volunteer as well as a volunteer at Embrace Your Grace, an adaptive dance project for challenged youth. She is one of eight children in a family that spent a lot of time fishing and camping in the outdoors.

Stephen Carmichael
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Don't get me wrong I support

Don't get me wrong I support Commissioner Woodcock, but when will we see him try on a Warden Class A Red Jacket?

Butch Moore
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Now that you mention it, when

Now that you mention it, when will we get as many women game wardens as there are state troopers? Maybe this is a step in that direction?

Bigshooter
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I think this is great news.

I think this is great news. I like Andrea. She "gets it" when it comes to issues that favor biology and science and harvest goals rather than the "nope, we've always done it that way, and that's how its done and that's gonna be how we always do it" mindset that some of the "politician types" who have been there base decisions on.

I think she and Chandler will make a good team. I see some great, common sense changes coming to benefit our wildlife and those of us who cherish it.

Bravo!

Watcher
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Who cares if it is a woman

Who cares if it is a woman who got the job? I wonder when the press will get tired of the "first woman to..." or the "first African America to...." or the "first Atheist to..."

Does it really help to hype racism, sexism, etc? This person was given the position because of her abilities..not because of her gender. To make a big deal about her being a woman automatically causes some people to think that she got the job because she was a woman and not because she was qualified.

Butch Moore
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Watcher good point, and I

Watcher good point, and I think she got the job because she was qualified too. The problem is, there are still many women out there who are qualified for various jobs that still get passed over or discouraged from applying for jobs because of their gender. Yes, in this day and age it's getting better, but it still exists so I can see why someone might want to point it out when a milestone such as this happens. And yes, it IS a double edged sword that cuts in both directions when you point out that this is the first woman to do this or that.

I've talked with Andrea on several occasions and found her to be extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and easy to work with. I wish her great success in this position.

andyZ
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The boys in red. Where are

The boys in red. Where are the girls? Only one woman has survived to retire from the Game Warden Service. Is there an issue here? There is and I hope Andrea deals with it.

Watcher
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AndyZ...you say there is an

AndyZ...you say there is an issue here. What is it?

Bullseye
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What bothers me is when a

What bothers me is when a highly qualified woman
is by passed for a highly unqualified
woman who is well connected politically. The name
Dale MaCormick to mind.

andyZ
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If one has watched this over

If one has watched this over the years, the first woman hired in 1977 reached retirement and there is one woman presently in uniform. All others left for a variety of reasons and there is a strong hint of bias and questionable support and treatment. The one still in uniform had to present her plight to a civil court to get some relief. Hope Andrea looks into it.

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